Within the Eighties, Orvis expanded past waders and shotguns to supply ladies’s attire and life-style gadgets. The catalog additionally included etched whiskey tumblers, telephones formed like duck decoys and even fatwood kindling, impressed by the bushes on Mr. Perkins’s Florida property.
Canine beds had been notably well-liked, as had been weatherproof jackets from the English attire maker Barbour, which turned de rigueur foul-weather put on for white-collar staff in Midtown Manhattan. Some die-hard sporting prospects complained, however the enterprise continued to develop.
Mr. Perkins insisted on conservationism as an organization worth, donating to wildlife organizations earlier than such practices had been widespread.
“It’s the precise factor to do, and it’s additionally good enterprise,” Simon Perkins mentioned. “If folks don’t have locations to fish or hunt, you don’t have a lot of a future on the planet of making an attempt to promote fly fishing stuff.”
Mr. Perkins is survived by his third spouse, Anne (Eire) Perkins; three kids from his first marriage, Leigh Jr., who goes by Perk, David and Molly Perkins; a daughter, Melissa McAvoy, from his second marriage, to Romi Myers; three stepchildren, Penny Mesic, Annie Eire and Jamie Eire; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A son from his first marriage, Ralph, died in 1969.
In response to his son Perk, for Mr. Perkins fishing was not a aggressive, however relatively a restorative pursuit. Even into his 90s, Mr. Perkins nonetheless trundled all the way down to the Battenkill on summer time evenings — with a rod and a cocktail — to solid for trout because the solar went down.
“There is just one motive on the planet to go fishing: to take pleasure in your self,” Mr. Perkins advised The New York Occasions in 1992. “Something that detracts from having fun with your self is to be averted.”